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Gibbs Surname Study

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Welcome to the Gibbs One Name Study!


I would like to welcome the Gibbs family to our one name study group. This is a very common & popular name from many regions so our focus is to try & categorize those areas better. Please come & help us organize this effort. My focus presently is the Gibbs families from New York State particularly the Franklin, Jefferson, St. Lawrence County areas; also the Gibbs of Franklin Huntington Quebec Canada & Caldwell Manor Quebec. We are also looking to find the migration pattern from this particular family group. Please contact the project leader Andrew Simpier or post a comment to the right. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!

FYI: We are currently looking for volunteers to Join the trusted list to help in the Gibbs name study and also those willing to be profile managers


How To Join

  1. This is an open public project there are no requirements to join. Anyone can view all of the information in this project but only the Trusted List can edit it.
  2. One Name Studies project page - This a general information page about how Wikitree One Name Study projects work.
  3. Add one_name_studies to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all our discussions in G2G.
  4. Add Gibbs to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all our discussions in G2G.

Gibbs One-Name-Study Template

Adding this to your profile: {{One Name Study|name=Gibbs}}

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This profile is part of the Gibbs Name Study.


Origin of the name Gibbs and its meaning

Gibbs Last Name Origin

This name is one of the patronymic forms of the popular medieval pet name "Gib", itself a short form of the personal name "Gilbert", which was introduced into England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066. The Norman name was "Gislebert" or "Gillebert", composed of the Germanic elements "Gisil", meaning "hostage" or "noble youth", and "berht", meaning "bright" or "famous". Recordings from London Church Registers include the marriage of Agnes Gibbs and William Chanler on February 13th 1562, at Harrow on the Hill, and the marriage of Ann Gibbs and Thomas Fleetwood on April 2nd 1604, at Cranford. Gilbert became a very popular given name in England during the Middle Ages, and generated a great number and variety of variant forms, such as Gibson, Gibbs and Gipps, meaning "son of Gib". Gibson is found most frequently in the northern counties of England, and in Scotland. One Joseph Gibson, aged 20 yrs., was an early emigrant to the New World Colonies, leaving London on the "Globe" in August 1635, bound for Virginia. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry Gibsone, which was dated 1311, in the "Records of the Borough of Nottinghamshire", during the reign of King Edward 11, known as "Edward of Caernafon", 1307 - 1327. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling: GIBBS SURNAME HISTORY


  1. This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.
  2. Document and correctly connect all Gibbs lines on Wikitree
  3. Add Gibbs DNA results to help confirm connections
  4. Create a meaningful bio for each profile so that it represents a person's life
  5. Develop a reference library specifically for Gibbs genealogy research

What You Can Do?

  1. Add the category or template Gibbs to all of the Gibbs profiles which you manage. [If you add the template it will automatically add the category.]
  2. Make sure the Gibbs profiles that you manage have good sources and a biography
  3. Ask questions in G2G if you need genealogy help
  4. Post comments in the boxes on this page to share Gibbs Genealogy information
  5. Link Gibbs Space Pages to this Project Page.
  6. If you are interested in a new “Gibbs” category [e.g. Gibbs form a particular location, etc.] let your leader know.

Task List

  1. Need to create subcategory for state regions etc as name is common
  2. Research Jeremiah William Gibbs (1768 - 1858) origins & parental lineage
  3. Show our lineage to Giles Gibbs (abt. 1595 - 1641) dna seems to show a possible link


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DNA Projects

Gibbs DNA Project: Gibbs DNA project


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My grandfather was Lavere Lee Gibbs born 1928 metropolis Illinois. Im honestly unsure of the origin of his surname, it appears he was born a Hall...
posted by N. Swoboda
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posted by Andrew Simpier
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Use the link to request addition to TL. It's in the upper right of this page.


posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
We are currently looking for volunteers to Join the trusted list to help in the Gibbs name study and also those willing to be profile managers
posted by Andrew Simpier
I would recommend you remove the category "British Projects", as a Name Study does not usually fall into that category. It is a Name Study, not a topic study.

I have also amended your Project:Gibbs page to its proper function as a redirect, so that your Sticker will work and the button on the Gibbs genealogy page will also work.

posted by Ros Haywood